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Posted on July 17 at 2:04 p.m.
I have to agree with KV and these local folks seem honorable. While they have been willing to talk about their issues, all we have heard from the market is the prices will go up and the money will be used to hire lawyers to talk for us. It doesn't take a genius to figure out who is guilty. I have gone down to the Goleta market on Sunday and both Dey Dey's and Santa Rita's goods are beautiful and tasty. It is a shame that we give the farmers at our local markets our money only to see it used to keep out our own local producers. Hopefully public pressure will force the markets to support local farms the way WE have supported the markets for decades. That is why we go (or used to go) to support our small local farmers.
On Farmers Market Lawsuit Fizzles
Posted on June 25 at 2:40 p.m.
Without a community voice on the board, how does the market address what the community wants and needs? I have asked many times lately if there were any avenues for us to give the association comments/complaints and all that I am told is that we can simply tell management. How do we know that we will be heard when there is no formal way to make comments/complaints? I am too busy on Saturday to attend a board meeting, as BP suggested above, does that mean I can't be heard? Also BP wants us to know all of the costs associated with having the market and I still do not see it equaling a half million dollars. They definitely do not spend it on advertising. Have you seen their website? When was the last time it was updated? And the facebook page is a joke! Customer questions go unanswered, and why don't they feature farmer profiles, rather than pictures of cat's antics and photos of the beach. This is not my grandma's FB page afterall. Once again, the more that I look into the markets, the more I see things I do not want to support.
On Farmers Market Lawsuit Heats Up
Posted on June 21 at 3:04 p.m.
The market sounds GUILTY! Can't they get a lawyer pro-bono? Why must our community pay to cover-up for some questionable farmers, selling questionable produce, from outside our county. Looks like I will be shopping from Tri-County where I know that at least some of my dollars will stay in my community. $10 million a year! Where does OUR money go?
Posted on February 3 at 3:17 p.m.
I love our kelp beds. Ahh the smell. Nothing do I identify more with the beach than its' natural smells. Love it!
On The Importance of Kelp
Posted on February 3 at 3:13 p.m.
I have shopped at the markets for years and love it. But I have noticed that many of the farms are the same and the prices have skyrocketed. I do feel that such fresh, wonderful produce should cost a little more. But still for a local market to keep its local members from participating is beyond me. As a customer the more farms participating in the markets increases competition, possibly lowers prices, and makes the market and it's products more vibrant and evolving. All good for the customer and the community. By restricting competition I can only see one group that benefits, the existing growers, bringing the same old stuff with little incentive to try new stuff. I will continue to shop at the markets, but will look at the "scene" through different eyes.
On Farmers Market Harvests Discontent
Posted on February 3 at 2:56 p.m.
If you are comfortable paying $5 for a head of lettuce, $75 to get your lawn mowed, $30/hour to clean your toilets, etc. we can keep them out. But if this is unreasonable, or impossible for you we have to deal with the elephant in the room. A decent middle-of-the-road law that no one is completely happy with, is better than what is currently happening. As with every aspect of politics today we need everyone to compromise.
On Sea Change for Millions?